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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

A view from the future

By the magic of photoshoppery, I present to you Amélie, aged 16! I lie. The only thing that has been photoshopped in this picture is a door-handle, which *shazam!* has been disappeared. The 16 year old Amélie is, in fact, courtesy of a pair of plastic fashion goggles that she has been pestering for for months. She used to find pairs of my old specs and wonder around the house with them perched upon her little nose. I was pretty sure that couldn’t be good for her eyes so I promised her I’d buy her some pretend lenses if I could find any. That was quite some time ago and she’s been gently reminding me ever since (maybe “gently” is a bit of a lie too). Anyway, as we were out shopping for Charlie’s first ever school bag today (yes, it’s all been about growing up too fast around here lately), we walked past one of those teenage girl emporiums – full of glittery accessories, fluo nail varnish, plastic bangles, beads, bags and purses, multi-colored hairpieces and flowery scarfs – and I thought “if anywhere is going to have what I’m looking for, it’s going to be this place”. And sure enough… Needless to say, they haven’t left her face since we left the shop. And yes, that jumper is fabulous. I love H&M. If you’re interested, it’s this one here. I wonder if I could fit into a 14 year old size. Hmm… Probably not. Shame.

24 August 2013 - 9:14 PM Amanda - Oh that photo!! Love it

24 August 2013 - 9:43 PM Renate - Gorgeous photo! I have been lurking around here for way too long, so now it's about time to tell you that I love your pictures and the way you write about your kids. This blog just oozes with love! Thanks for inspiring me!

25 August 2013 - 1:30 AM Rachel (sesame ellis) - Gemma wants a pair of glasses as well. I must look in the local tween shop! Great idea and gorgeous photo.

25 August 2013 - 8:41 AM Griet - so pretty, her eyes!

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